The BBC’s TV drama The Long Song filmed in Dominican Republic, doubling the Caribbean country for mid-19th century Jamaica.
Based on the 2010 novel by Andrea Levy, the story follows young slave girl July and her experiences living through the end of slavery on a Jamaican sugarcane plantation.
Heyday Television chose to film in Dominican Republic as the country offered the right visuals for the story and had the production infrastructure in place to support the shoot, according to a report in Conde Nast Traveller.
“The Dominican Republic has a very young but thriving film industry with lots of American films that have left a legacy in terms of training young filmmakers,” said producer Roopesh Parekh in comments to the outlet.
Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios was used as a base for The Long Song. The facility has three stages and while some interiors were shot there, the three-part series was largely filmed on location.
Boutique Georgian-style hotel Peninsula House in the resort town of Las Terrenas in the north of the country stood in for the main plantation setting.
The drama’s main sugarcane location was shot near San Pedro de Macoris on the south coast. A set of a slave village was built nearby and locals were hired to teach the cast how to handle the sugarcane.
Altos de Chavón, near San Pedro de Macoris, doubled for Falmouth in Jamaica.
Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios remains the country’s principal appeal from a production standpoint. The facility is specifically known for its water tank resources built around a 60,500-sq-ft horizon tank that has hosted scenes for action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage and the shark survival film 47 Meters Down.
See KFTV’s production guide for more on filming in Dominican Republic.
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